Arguably, the Air France South Atalantic crash was exacerbated by pilot interaction with a partially failed system. If they had recognised the cause of the anomaly (frozen air data probes) then they could easily have manged the situation. Instead the aircraft stalled with stick back and engines at idle all the way to the sea. Was this a software failure? Discuss.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.